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One More Time

These lyrics go so perfectly with my post the other day, “What is Your Door”?  And when I heard it today again, I just had to post it.  We all need to hear this – but there is especially one person who needs it more.  And for that one person, this is for you.

God Bless

There always seems to be a door that you can’t open
There always seems to be a mountain you can’t climb
But you keep on reaching
You just keep on reaching
When your destiny is out there in the distance
But the road ahead’s a mine field in disguise
And you keep on moving
You Just keep on moving
You will make it through this
Just give it time
You gotta give it time

This is what you’re made for
Standing in the downpour
Knowing that the sun will shine
Forget what lies behind you
Heaven walks beside you
You got to give it one more try
One more time (time)

You just keep on reaching
You just keep on, you keep on moving (hey)
When the shadows fall on everything you’re dreaming
When the promises turn out to be a lie
You just keep believing (yeah)
You just keep believing
Oh, don’t stop your dreaming
It’s gonna be alright
It’s gonna be alright

This is what you’re made for
Standing in the downpour
Knowing that the sun will shine
Forget what lies behind you
Heaven walks beside you
You got to give it one more try

This is what you’re made for
Standing in the downpour
Knowing that the sun will shine
Forget what lies behind you
Heaven walks beside you
You got to give it one more try

It’s gonna be alright
One more time
You got to keep on reaching
Keep believing (yeah)

It’s gonna be alright (oh, yeah)

Shine On Us

This song is my very favorite from “Phillips, Craig and Dean”.  It’s been around for several years now – and I never get tired of its simple beauty.

Fearless (Phillips, Craig and Dean album)

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When I think about “God’s Light” shining down on me – I am reminded of how very dark it is without any light, especially walking along at night with no street lights or moon.  And away from the city it seems even darker – pitch black and still.  But with a little light as dawn starts to break – everything suddenly appears as it is lit up and things you did not know were right there beside you – are suddenly seen.

So it is with “God’s Light” shining down on us personally – illuminating some very dark places in our heart – exposing them for what they are – so that we may live and be saved.

His Light, Grace and Love shining down on us – forever guiding the way – saving us from ourselves, freeing us from the darkness that threatens to drown us in troubled times.  And staying with us when those troubled times are dispelled by His great light.

I am forever grateful for this – the beauty and majesty of His Light.  

Have you experienced this in your own heart and life?  When was the last time you recognized His great Light shining down on you?

Psalm 4:6 says this:  Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.

The video I posted below uses ‘sky time lapse’ photography while the song is playing and lyrics are shown.  It is breathtaking and very emotional.  Hope you enjoy it!

God Bless

The Dutchman

Here is a song written in the 60’s by Michael Smith – with lyrics so poignent and deep

about an old couple from The Netherlands.

This seems to be a story of a married couple, where the husband has memory loss and the wife is his caregiver and seems to understand him best – as he can’t remember his life very well anymore.  I found it very sweet.

Enjoy and God Bless!

The Dutchman’s not the kind of man
Who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam
That holds his dreams in,
But that’s a secret that only Margaret knows.

When Amsterdam is golden in the summer,
Margaret brings him breakfast,
She believes him.
He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow.

He’s mad as he can be, but Margaret only sees that sometimes,
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.

The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes,
His cap and coat are patched with the love
That Margaret sewed there.
Sometimes he thinks he’s still in Rotterdam.

And he watches the tug-boats down canals
An’ calls out to them when he thinks he knows the Captain.
Till Margaret comes
To take him home again

Through unforgiving streets that trip him, though she holds his arm,
Sometimes he thinks he’s alone and he calls her name.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.

The winters whirl the windmills ’round
She winds his muffler tighter
And they sit in the kitchen.
Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew.

And he sees her for a moment, calls her name,
She makes the bed up singing some old love song,
A song Margaret learned
When it was very new.

He hums a line or two, they sing together in the dark.
The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.


Untitled Hymn

A familiar harmonization of "Amazing Grac...

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I have often been asked what I think of  hymns, and invariably I will answer, “I like the ones that have been ‘re-done’ to have meaning for this generation.”  There are many examples of this. Some we do in our Sunday worship service – and some I hear from my favorite artists.

I believe that anytime you speak to a generation and make things relevant and meaningful, there needs to be flexibility on style – not on theology.

Many have argued that modern worship choruses tend to be “me centered” – and some of them can be – however, how many people really look closely at some of the hymns?  They are often very emotion and “me” driven too.  For example, “Love Lifted Me” – talks about the personal experience and emotions.  And for that matter, “Amazing Grace” speaks in a personal way as well.  Probably why it has gone the distance as everyone can relate with it and it has stood the test of time.  Some that I just personally do not care for, would have to be “When the roll is called up yonder” and others like this with very thin content – only repetitive verses and choruses.

Are there bad hymns?  Oh yes.  Are there bad modern worship songs?  Yes indeed.  I guess finding the balance between the two styles is really the key.  I don’t think anyone would claim to say that hymns have everything and should be used exclusively – and in fact they would admit that they do not have a place in most worship services today, if they are left in their traditional format.  But most would agree that if made relatable – then they are useful.  And  new generations can relate and have something passed down from generation to generation, making the old into something brand new.  In the same way, the modern worship song has its place today and has great theology and content – if choosing the right ones.

I’m a big fan of Gloria Gaither lyrics – as well as other brilliant lyricists like Dottie Rambo and Michael W. Smith from my generation who have graced us with their amazing ability to give us fresh new songs for our worship services and personal reflection.

And there are songs written clear back in 1917 that still have relevance for us today – like “The Love Of God”  by Frederick Lehman:  I just LOVE these lyrics – they are rich and have such beauty.

  • The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
    It goes beyond the highest star,
    And reaches to the lowest hell;
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
    God gave His Son to win;
    His erring child He reconciled,
    And pardoned from his sin.

    • Refrain:
      Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
      How measureless and strong!
      It shall forevermore endure—
      The saints’ and angels’ song.
  • When hoary time shall pass away,
    And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
    When men who here refuse to pray,
    On rocks and hills and mountains call,
    God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
    All measureless and strong;
    Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.
  • Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade;
    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry;
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky.
Now here is another fresh voice –  Chris Rice  in “Untitled Hymn”  These lyrics are simple and straightforward – but will speak directly to your heart as well.
Enjoy and God Bless

Got To Begin Again

Cover of "Cold Spring Harbor"

Cover of Cold Spring Harbor

Several weeks ago I watched a biography program on the life of Billy Joel.  It was interesting – many things I did not know about his life and journey that had led him to write such amazing songs.  Every song has a story – each is a chapter of his life.  I think this is why it is so easy to relate to them.  His lyrics are universal and have layers of meaning for him and everyone else who listens.

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard this song, but I was pretty young.  This song was on Billy’s first solo album “Cold Spring Harbor” written in 1971.  This album was his first after a suicide attempt due to depression from a broken relationship.  The lyrics are of a broken man – rising up to find hope and life again.

I know I can relate to lyrics like this.  No, I’ve never been depressed to the point of wanting to end my life – but I have been sad and felt hopeless at times.  I think we all have.  And it is only because of the love of Christ in me – that I have been able to gain my life back.  He has helped me on more than one occasion to see things clearly and with new purpose and understanding.  I can say each new morning, as I leave yesterday behind with all its hurt and disappointments – “I’ve got to begin again”

When was the last time you felt that God helped you to “begin again”?

God Bless

Well so here I am at the end of the road
Where do I go from here?
I always figured it would be like this
Still nothing seems to be quite clear

All the words have been spoken and the prophecy fulfilled
But I just can’t decide where to go
Yes, it’s been quite a day and I should go to sleep
But tomorrow I will wake up and I’ll know

That I’ve got to begin again
Though I don’t know how to start
Yes, I’ve got to begin again
And it’s hard

Well it’s been quite a while since I lifted my head
And I’m sure the light will hurt my eyes
I see the way that I´ve been spendin’ my days
And reality has caught me by surprise

I was dreamin’ of tomorrow so I sacrificed today
And it sure was a grand waste of time
And despite all the truth that’s been thrown in my face
I just can’t get you out of my mind

That I’ve got to begin again
Though I don’t know how start
Yes, I’ve got to begin again
And it’s hard

Say The Name

A more sweeter sounding word
These lips have never said
A gentle name so beautiful
My heart cannot forget
Just a whisper is enough
To set my soul at ease
Just thinking of this Name
Brings my heart to peace

Say the Name
Say the Name that soothes the soul
The Name of gentle healing
And peace immutable
I’ll say the Name that has heard my cry
Has seen my tears and wiped them dry
From now until the end of time
I’ll say the Name

May I never grow so strong
That my heart cannot be moved
May I never grow so weak
That I fear to speak the truth
I will say this holy Name
No matter who agrees
For no other name on earth
Means so much to me

(repeat Chorus)

With all the honor I can find
With all my heart, my soul, my mind
I will say the Name
Without defense, without shame
I will always speak the Name
Of Jesus

(repeat Chorus)

From now until the end of time
Say the Name

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Someone Like You

Love this song.

Don’t you love it when an artist captures a moment in time that we can all relate to?

This is Adele.


God Bless

Faith (George Michaels Style)

Music guitar

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This is for my daughter – the #1 song on the charts for the year she was born – 1987.

Where were you when you first heard this song?  Are you old enough to remember?

Enjoy and God Bless!

Feels Like Home – sung by Linda Ronstadt – remember her?


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Growing up in the 70’s (at least my junior high and high school years) I couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing Linda Ronstadt at least once a day.  Who could forget the song she made famous, “You’re no good“?  She had a very unique voice and it was easy to recognize within the first few measures of a song.

What you may not know is that Linda was not just good at belting out the pop hits in the 70’s but later went on to do several Jazz albums and one from  the 40’s.  One of my music professors once told me that her very favorite artist in that 40’s genre – was Linda Ronstadt – a good 5 years past the time I had listened to her in high school.  There probably isn’t anything that this artist can’t sing – but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to stumble on this great song written by Randy Newman called “Feels like home”.  Many have tried to copy it since she sang it – but she really is the owner – plain and simple.  And although I really loved it when hearing other covers – it truly is best by Linda.  Take a listen and see if you don’t agree.

I’m dedicating this to my dear husband of almost 30 years – Greg.  He is truly my best friend and partner – he accepts me just as I am – with my many shortcomings and flaws and shows tireless love and devotion to me – making me feel like I was pretty smart to have found and married him – all those years ago.  It’s wonderful to find a deep love and friendship with your partner that only grows richer over time.  I wish the same for you and yours.

God Bless

There’s something in your eyes
Makes me wanna lose my self,
Makes me wanna lose myself in your arms,
There’s something in your voice
That makes my heart beat fast
Hope this feeling lasts
For the rest of my life

If you knew how lonely
My life has been
And how long I’ve been so alone
And if you knew how I wanted someone to come along
And change my life the way you’ve done

It feels like home to me
It feels like home to me
It feels like I’m all the way back where I come from
It feels like home to me
It feels like home to me
It feels like I’m all the way back where I belong

A window breaks down on lumdard street
And a siren wails in the night
But I’m all right cuz I have you here with me,
And I can almost see through the dark there is light

Well if you knew how much this moment means to me
And how long I’ve waited for your touch
And if you knew how happy you are making me
I never thought that I’d love anyone so much

It feels like home to me
It feels like home to me
It feels like I’m all the way back where I come from
It feels like home to me
It feels like home to me
It feels like I’m all the way back where I belong

It feels like I’m all the way back where I belong.

A Feeling Of Anticipation

"Anticipation" by American illustrat...

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I have not been able to shake a feeling the last couple of days.  And feelings being what they are – “feelings” – I have tried to push it down and ignore it.

Last night it had an ever-growing intensity – I was not feeling well either so that might have contributed to this – uh – feeling – but I’m not sure.  My stomach was jumpy and I could actually feel anticipation.

There have only been a couple of times that I have felt like this.  It’s the feeling that I get when somebody is about to jump out at me – saying “BOO” – or when I am looking at some daunting task before me – and need to “jump in” or “jump off” as it were.   The same feeling in my stomach – in preparation for it to lurch and dance around.

But since I have no reason to feel this way – and certainly not last night – it’s been a little unnerving.  Life is pretty calm here these days.  Oh like everyone else – I have some unresolved issues with a friend and have not been able to put that to right – as of yet – and there are some other issues – but nothing that has not been there before.  It is nothing new in my world.  Things are calm – if not totally resolved or finished.  And yet...I feel it.  Ever building.  Ever present.  Anticipation.

In my spirit I can feel something – I’m just not sure what it is.  But there is a whisper of hope – a whisper of anticipation with that hope.  And although it is scary – the dark unknown – it makes me smile.

Do you suppose that things are about to change – for the better in issues that I have had no control over?  Things that I was sure were hopeless and unresolvable?  Or are “feelings” just feelings.  Does God whisper to you in your spirit – something you just can’t shake?

When was the last time you had a “feeling” you couldn’t shake?  A feeling of anticipation?  Did you ever find out the reason for it, later?

One of my favorite Carly Simon songs is called “Anticipation” – here it is for you to listen to – Enjoy and God Bless!

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